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post #1 of 7 Old Jun 27th, 2008, 7:00 pm Thread Starter
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Modifying Sheepskin Seat Cover

I have an Alaska Sheepskin Seat Cover that I have been using for years, but I am starting to get a sore butt on long rides (300+ miles) and have decided to try a little customization. My thought is to sew a piece of material to the underside of the seat cover that will allow me to insert a piece of memory foam. Has anyone tried something like this and will there be a problem with air circulation through the seat.

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As long as you use a piece of thick, high density memory foam it will help.

Most visco elastic foam that you buy off the shelf - made in China of course - is extremely low quality, low density and very soft - it is made for bedding and pillows and will collapse under your weight. It also tends to oxidize and turn into powder in a very short time.

Visco elastic foam made in the USA tends to be much higher quality since practically all of it is used for military specification (mil-spec) purposes like seats for the space shuttle, headrests for F-16 jets and lumbar supports for Apache helicopters. It is designed to last a long time and is also VERY expensive.

The sheepskin will provide some air flow as it does now.


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Call Absolute Comfort, and ask for a sample of their memory foam..read up on what they offer. They will probably send a piece large enough for your seat, no cost, if you say you are considering a topper for your bed and want to see what it feels like.

I could not sleep without their visco topper. Call customer service or the order department for information on what they would suggest. The # system they use does not necessarily make sense as to how dense the material is. I believe, you would probably want the 4lb density (it also comes in various thicknesses). I use 3lb on the bed. Look over their web site and decide for yourself, maybe they would send two samples. Just don't say what you want it for.

I've returned a couple of these, and was really disappointed to find out they destroy the toppers returned. There is plenty of other uses for them, other than to sleep on.

BTW, I tried a large piece of foam under our long haired sheep skin last week. Just made me sit higher, didn't do a thing to make it any more comfortable.
My problem is me (very over sensitive to any place my body touches anything), not the bike or the seat cover.
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Thank you both for your replies. I'll give it a try and report back.

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Check Alaska's site, they know have a gel insert/pad

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Re: Modifying Sheepskin Seat Cover

On long rides I just double up with the passenger skin I bought for my SO.

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Re: Modifying Sheepskin Seat Cover

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I have an Alaska Sheepskin Seat Cover that I have been using for years, but I am starting to get a sore butt on long rides (300+ miles) and have decided to try a little customization. My thought is to sew a piece of material to the underside of the seat cover that will allow me to insert a piece of memory foam. Has anyone tried something like this and will there be a problem with air circulation through the seat.
I put both memory foam and gel underneath. Worked better than shipskin alone. But I still prefer my airhawk. I am using shipskin+memoryfoam+gel only as spare to Airhawk in case of leak.

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